"Forest Dreamscape" multi-media panels by artists Sean Ledoux, Keith Campbell, Susan Dell, Barry Rudachyk and Terryl Ryan
One Kids Place
North Bay, Ontario
41,000 square feet
Services: comprehensive interior design, furniture planning and design, wayfinding, signage and donor recognition design, consulting for special installations
ARIDO Award of Excellence and Project of the Year, 2010
“Seamless integration of architecture and interiors with a great balance of neutrals and accent colours.”
ARIDO Awards Competition Juror
This new children’s treatment centre, complete with an early years school and community facilities, provides a one-stop hub for therapy, services and support for children and families living with disabilities. Going beyond design for safety and accessibility, One Kids Place is a welcoming beacon in the community, a place full of space, light, colour and movement.
Continuous close collaboration with the team at Mitchell Jensen Architects fostered warm, engaging and cohesive design solutions. Generous circulation spaces maximize accessibility and encourage movement as integral to therapy and learning activities. Wood Columns and soaring ceilings in the celebratory main lobby and corridor are inspired by northern forests. Bright colour is layered judiciously to add energy and assist with orientation and wayfinding. Special installations draw upon nature to delight and inform: an aquarium, a green living wall, lyrical suspended panels, and tactile wood discovery walls.
Photographs by Richard Johnson Photography